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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeSun Aug 21, 2022 4:38 pm

I did work on the jerry can bracket and it's installed and basically done, a couple of minor adjustments and I can call it finished!


I cut a piece of steel out of a scrap snowblower..."The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220950"The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220951


...bent it up, drilled some holes and got it did! "The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220952"The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220953


It can also hold a .50 cal ammo can if I'm not planning on going far but need extra gear. "The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220954


So this beast is essentially ready for a full day's excursion which is something I would like to do at some point!

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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeSun Aug 21, 2022 5:14 pm

Good stuff man, she looks like she's really coming along
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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeSun Aug 21, 2022 7:49 pm

Thanks @TechnoChicken I think so too! Now I just need to get a little more speed out of it! Lol

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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeSun Aug 21, 2022 10:50 pm

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Thanks @TechnoChicken I think so too! Now I just need to get a little more speed out of it! Lol
I was going to ask about that... I didn't think you'd swapped it yet but I'd been AWOL for a while so you never know
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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeSun Aug 21, 2022 10:58 pm

You should go back and read some then, I have a mild pulley swap on the rear with a 3 speed MST working along with the 7 speed VariDrive, front brakes and a bunch of stuff I've done over the past couple of months! Top speed WAS 13mph a month ago during the first ride but something has happened preventing it from hitting that speed unless going downhill. I think it's the engine pulley.
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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 12:30 am

LOL, it's that polished vari-pully letting the belt slip.  "The WarHorse" - Page 8 1098998679

Slap on a 5-6 inch engine pulley!  See what happens then!  LOL

This tractor has come so far!  May have to come up with a tractor with the most storage award for it.   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 2240318088

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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 12:54 am

That .50 cal box might come in handy if you need to find some food out on the trail. Get your venison pre tenderized. "The WarHorse" - Page 8 1098998679 "The WarHorse" - Page 8 1098998679 "The WarHorse" - Page 8 1098998679 "The WarHorse" - Page 8 2664539216 "The WarHorse" - Page 8 2664539216

Real nice work as always!
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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 11:58 am

Lol. Thanks guys!

@MightyRaze I wish I could throw a big engine pulley on but I feel limited by the VariDrive belts, the engine pulley is a 3" but the belt sits so far into it I bet it's riding on 2.5", I've done some scoping out and think I can get enough slack in the front belt to run a 3" B belt pulley which will make it run on a true 3 inches and hopefully make the difference. I don't think the polished looking surface is the issue on the Variator, pulleys come smooth and polish during use but good eye! I was thinking about roughing it up with some 80 grit sandpaper anyhow.

@Rustbucket Garage, well the lugs on my tires are looking pretty good for tenderizing, guess I could just run over for an hour so though then strap it to the hood with my fancy tiedowns! Lol.

I'm loving how well this rig is coming together and working, it's so much fun to ride!


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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 2:45 pm

Forgive my ignorance but if it's such a pita why not just go with a comet clutch or something of the likes?

Don't rough up the vario, I've seen them slicker than sh*t and work without issues and it would only be a temporary fix as it smooths out afterwards anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 4:37 pm

Not at all @fbisurveilancevan, let me educate you! Lol. If you go to page 6 you will see the start of the amount of work I've put into making the VariDrive work with the MST 3speed I've installed, but here's a summary:

The tractor started off as a 7 speed VariDrive to which I added a 3 speed MST which gives me a huge range of speeds from super slow crawl to 13mph. I actually really love the VariDrive as I can control the speed with nothing more than the clutch pedal, I can be bombing through a smooth section of trail then quickly slow down for obstacles or tight turns then let the clutch back out and get motoring again!

I wouldn't put a CVT on this (like a Comet 30 series/TAV2), I don't think the belt would last long and they aren't cheap unless you buy the garbage ones which wouldn't be easy to change on the trail like a standard belt plus I'd end up losing precious ground clearance. I may in fact use one on the Silver Bullet when I get around to building it, I'm planning on making it a stripped down racer.

I agree I don't think the polished surface is the culprit, I'm pretty sure it's the front engine pulley and have some experimenting to do.

Overall I love what I've created and wouldn't change it unless it became ridiculously unreliable, the slippage only seems to be happening in 7th "gear" of VariDrive in 2nd and third gear of the MST, read the build from page 6 and you get a better understanding.

I'm still going to rough up the pulleys, cross thatch style with 40-80 grit sandpaper (need to experiment first to decide) which I don't think will hurt and should take a awhile before it wears down smooth again.

I do appreciate the input, the PITA aspect is what makes it fun for me, if it were easy everyone would do it! I haven't seen anyone who has done it on this level, to be used the way I'm using it and overall I feel I've been very successful, just a couple more kinks to work out! Lol
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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 6:20 pm

Another quick update, by some stroke of luck I found 4 small gas cans on the side of the road with a free sign! 3 of them are 1 gallon and there's was a 1-1/4 gallon too. None of them had nozzles or vent caps but it's all good, I got 'er covered! If I didn't stop at the hardware store and take the back way home I wouldn't have come across them!

I ended up choosing the 1 gallon Blitz because it's in great shape, fits the best, doesn't completely block my seat sticker and I had the perfect vented nozzle to work with it! "The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220955


I did have to trim the locking teeth off of an old cap so it would seal the nozzle..."The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220956


...and I swear this little cap was designed to work with the nozzle because it's literally a perfect fit! "The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220957


Here's the anti spill nozzle I had kicking around, it fits inside the tank perfect and is vented which is required because the tank isn't!"The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220958


I replaced the mounting bracket hardware with 2 more tie-down to use specifically with it and added a piece of rubber to prevent chaffing..."The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220959


...then spent some time figuring out how to tie it down in a way that will hold it steady and viola! Done deal!"The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220960


So there it is, now I can carry a full gallon of fuel on top of whatever my tank holds (2 gallons? I've been meaning to figure that out...) which means I should be able to ride basically all day! Most I've burned so far on a ride is a half of a tank for about 3 hours of run time so I'm pretty sure I'm good to go for a full day now!

This Monday started off pretty rough and ended on a high note, I'm loving it!
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PostSubject: Re: "The WarHorse"   "The WarHorse" - Page 8 Icon_minitimeMon Aug 22, 2022 9:17 pm

Okay, one more update for the day...

So Saturday I had a couple issues restarting the engine after shutting it down and letting it cool off, there were no air bubbles coming from the carb up the fuel line so I know it wasn't vapor lock. When I jiggled the spark plug wire it fired right up! Next time it didn't and when I tested for spark there was nothing, I pushed/pulled the wire around and all of a sudden had spark again, put the cap back on the plug and it fired back up so I figured maybe the spark plug wire went bad or maybe the coil itself is shorting out when hot. As it's running with the hood open I notice a smacking/cracking sound that happened to coincide with the misfire I could hear coming from the exhaust, the same misfire it's had since the day of the video I shot where you could hear it but it hasn't been consistent so I figured it was just because the engine was cold. Turns out...


...VERMIN(!) chewed the wire sometime between when I installed the new engine and a couple rides ago! You can't see the teeth marks in the photo but trust me, they're there!"The WarHorse" - Page 8 20220961


Once I had removed the front tool box, air filter, starter cover ect. then the fan shroud I saw it, decided I would just tape it up but also added a spare coil to the rear left supplies box to be safe. I'm happy to report I was able to get it all apart, make the repair, reset the coil air gap and put it all back together with only tools and supplies I had in the box!

Stupid vermin...
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